October 2012 In This Issue

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Competition

Win Custom One-Of-A-Kind Novation Ultranova

Deadline: 2012-11-12

This month we have lots of prizes kindly donated by Focusrite. There's a chrome Ultranova, a Novation Mininova and a copy of their V-Station plug-in for the 10 lucky runners-up.

Win Tascam DP24 Portastudio Worth £750

Deadline: 2012-11-12

For this month's comptition, Tascam have kindly donated one of their latest 24-track digital recorders.

Reviews

AKG D12VR

Dynamic Microphone

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For their 65th anniversary, AKG have released this new take on their classic D12. We put it up alongside the original to find out if it’s worthy of the name...

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Audio Examples

Audio files to accompany the article.

App Works

Making Music On The Move

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This month's roundup of iOS goodies include: Focusrite iTrack Solo, WaveMachine Labs Auria and iDrum Tune.

Audient ASP4816

Analogue Mixing Console

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Audient’s modern classic is now available in a smaller format — but there’s nothing cut-down about the sound!

Beat Kangz Beat Thang

Sampling Workstation

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This “portable production system” certainly looks the part, but does its performance measure up to its dramatic styling?

Bettermaker EQ232P Remote

Digitally Controlled Analogue EQ

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What could be better than a Bettermaker? A Bettermaker made better, of course...

Big Fish Audio | Pure Rock Hits

Sample Library

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This new library from Big Fish Audio provides 40 loop-based construction kits targeted at mainstream chart rock genres.

Chillblast Artiste Mozart

Audio Computer

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Mainstream PC builders Chillblast have made an impressive debut in the music computer market.

Clavia Nord C2D

Digital Combo, Tonewheel & Pipe Organ

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The Nord C2D expands on the success of its predecessor with an improved Hammond emulation and the addition, for the first time, of real drawbars.

Coopersonic Valveslapper & Tubecleaner

Guitar effects pedals

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Coopersonic Audio Engineering produce a range of hand-wired effects in Nottingham, England.

Cornell Pedalamp All-valve Guitar Amp & Pedal

Amp

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Cornell are well known for their boutique guitar amps, but they've come up with a new twist...

Dynaudio DBM50

Active Monitors

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Many people place their monitors on a desktop, but they’re not usually designed to be used in this way — until now...

Elysia Nvelope 500

Transient-shaping Processor & EQ

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Nvelope 500 can be used either as a full-band or a two-band processor.

Eve Audio SC208

Active Monitors

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Eve are a very new name in studio monitoring but, as this active nearfield model proves, they’ve got a wealth of experience behind them...

Ferrofish A16 Ultra MkII

16-channel A-D/D-A Converter

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The A16 Ultra MkII can add 16 channels of line-level I/O to any audio interface that features MADI or dual-ADAT ports — all in the space of a 1U box and for a bargain price!

Grace Design M903

Headphone Amp & D-A Converter

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With the M902 already lauded as one of the best high-end headphone amps, what could Grace do to make it better?

Iso Acoustics ISO L8R155

Speaker Stands

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Speaker stands actually perform multiple functions, only one of which is putting your speaker in the right place.

Loopmasters | Phaeleh Ambient Dubstep

Sample Library

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Ambient Dubstep is part of Loopmasters' rapidly expanding artist series of sample libraries. Put together by Bristol-based producer Phaeleh, this pack is available to download in various formats.

LSR Audio Plug-ins

Dynamics & Tube Emulation Plug-ins For Mac & PC

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The virtual vintage front panels of LSR Audio’s plug-ins conceal processors with plenty of personality.

Mackie DL1608

Digital Mixer With iPad Control

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Can you really mix a live show without any physical controls? If you have a DL1608 and an Apple iPad, it seems you can...

Multi-channel Audio Interfaces

Spotlight

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Check out the SOS roundup of 12 of the current interfaces on the market with links to the SOS review where available.

Prominy | V-Metal Virtual Electric Guitar

Kontakt 5

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V-Metal ultra-detailed, sampled virtual electric guitar instrument.

RCF HD12A

Active PA Speaker

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The market for compact, active PA speakers is a crowded one, but RCF think there’s room for one more...

Roland SPDSX

Sampling Percussion Pad

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Roland’s popular SPDS sampling drum pad gains an ‘X’, and a whole lot more besides, in the SPDSX.

Sample Modeling Solo Winds & Brass

Virtual Orchestral Instruments

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A European company’s solo instruments blur the boundaries between virtual and real.

Sony SpectraLayers Pro

Spectral Editing Software For Mac & PC

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With some innovative concepts borrowed from photo-manipulation software, Sony aim to make spectral editing creative as well as useful.

The Audio Expert: Everything You Need To Know About Audio By Ethan Winer

Book Review

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The Audio Expert is a bold title, with an even bolder claim in its subtitle, but its 23 chapters and roughly 650 pages do constitute a fairly comprehensive...

The Science Of Sound Recording By Jay Kadis

Book review

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It's a sad but true fact that most 'sound engineers' actually struggle with some of the technical and mathematical aspects...

Toontrack | Roots Sticks & Roots Brushes, Rods & Mallets

Expansion packs for Superior Drummer 2.3

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When Toontrack's Superior Drummer 2.0 was first released, the only significant criticism that could be made was that it was...

People + Opinion

Blinded By Nostalgia?

Leader

Editor In Chief, Paul White questions vintage gear plug-ins.

Jeff Bhasker on mixing ‘We Are Young’

Inside Track | Secrets Of The Mix Engineers

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Jeff Bhasker doesn’t usually mix his own productions or work with indie-rock bands. With Fun, he did both — and created a worldwide hit.

Owl City

Adam Young & Robert Orton: Producing & Mixing The Midsummer Station

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Making music used to be a solitary, nocturnal pursuit for Adam Young, aka Owl City. Now, it’s his day job — and there are co-workers involved.

Playback

Readers' Music Reviewed

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Milk-Plus, Animation, The Badje, Caution Horses, Damien Calcagne, Jack Jeffery, Black Storm, Matteo Bosi.

Reverse Engineering

Guy Sigsworth, Chris Elms & Joe Chiccarelli: Recording & Re-recording Alanis Morissette

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We’re used to hearing rock albums reworked by electronic producers — but Alanis Morissette chose to do things the other way around...

Sounding Off

Producer / Orchestrator Onno Krijn asks the question.

Need more space? Lose the cymbals!

Technique

Apple Notes

Document management

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With the advent of Lion and Mountain Lion, the way we save and manage documents is changing. But what does this mean for studio musicians?

Award Winners

Mixing The 54th Grammy Awards Ceremony

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With 44 million TV viewers and a 10,000-strong live audience, the Grammys are one show that you really don’t want to screw up...

Do The Splits

Samplitude Tips & Techniques

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If your drumming needs a little help from technology, Samplitude Pro X has the tools to fix timing.

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Samplitude Tips & Techniques

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Extension Leads

Reason Tips & Techniques

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We serve up another smorgasbord of Reason Rack Extensions.

Home Grown

Logic Tips & Techniques

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Often overlooked, Apple Loops can be a hugely useful composition tool. So why not make your own in Logic?

Maschine Music

Ableton Tips & Techniques

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NI’s Maschine makes a perfect partner for Ableton Live.

Mix Rescue

SOS reader James May gets a helping hand.

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Don’t be scared to trash something you’ve already recorded if it helps you to achieve a better end result...

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SOS reader James May gets a helping hand.

Audio examples which accompany the article.

Parallel Universe

Studio One: Tips & Techniques

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Get to grips with parallel processing in Studio One, and open up exciting sonic possibilities...

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Studio One Tips & Techniques

Audio examples to accompany the article.

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Do Expensive Mic Preamps Make A Difference?

Audio examples to accompany the article.

Pick A Preamp

Do Expensive Mic Preamps Make A Difference?

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There’s a lot of hype about mic preamps, but there has never been a reliable way to compare them — until we got hold of the world’s cleverest piano...

Session Notes

Dunning Kruger: Rock Band Location Recording

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In this new column, engineers share their experiences of real-world recording sessions, explaining the decisions they made, and what went right and wrong along the way. First up, we record an indie-rock band on location...

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Dunning Kruger: Rock Band Location Recording

Audio examples to accompany the article.

Smoother Groover

Cubase Tips & Techniques

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Find out how to build a natural-sounding acoustic drum kit in Cubase’s Groove Agent One.

The Complete Works

Pro Tools Tips & Techniques

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Avid’s Complete Production Toolkit effectively bridges the gap between HDX and native Pro Tools systems. We look at what you get for your money.

The Long Way Round

Sonar Tips & Techniques

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Create looper effects with longer delay times in Sonar.

The Mix Review

Commercial Productions Analysed

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We examine the production of some recent releases from Paul McCartney, The Maccabees and Fun.

Windows 8 GUI

PC Notes

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Windows 8’s new GUI may take some getting used to, but the features it brings should make the effort worthwhile.

Music Business

Notes From The Deadline

TV Music From The Inside

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When TV composers talk about archiving, they usually mean backing up their hard drives.

Off The Record

Music & Recording Industry News

Live music is more important to the industry than ever before, but there’s no reason for traditional recording studios to feel left out by this trend...

Studio File

EastWest Studios, Los Angeles

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In 2006, Bill Putnam's famous United Western studio complex on West Sunset Boulevard was re-opened as the EastWest Studios retaining much of it's original acoustic design.

Sound Advice

Q What’s the best way to coil lavalier cables?

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I wonder if you can help me with a relatively minor problem that seems to cause a lot of undue irritation! In my work, I tend...

Q Which portable vocal screen should I buy?

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I have a modest bedroom studio with way too many room reflections. I really don't want to apply any treatment to the walls,...

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